East Midlands-based housing association, Futures Housing Group, is ready to kickstart the local job market with a range of jobs for young people.
The post-pandemic jobs plan, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, means Futures is offering seven jobs at its Ripley and Daventry sites.
The roles will be advertised in mid-June and are open to 16-24 year olds who have been claiming Universal Credit for at least 12 weeks.
The number of young people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment-related benefits increased by 263,700 between February 2020 and March 2021 – a 110% rise – according to Government data.
In response to this, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the £2bn Kickstart scheme as part of his Plan for Jobs to help young people into work and spur Britain’s post-COVID economic revival.
Funding pays 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week over a six-month period.
Kickstarters also receive £1,500 of on-the-job training provided through government funding and delivered by our partner organisation Access Training.
The scheme is due to run until 31 December with funding available until 30 June 2022. Those interested are asked to speak to their Job Centre Plus Work Coach.
Lindsey Williams, group chief executive for Futures Housing Group, said: “The pandemic has hit communities across the East Midlands hard.
“Our customers have been affected in many ways, particularly young people, often losing jobs and struggling to make ends meet financially.
“We welcome any opportunities to help people get back on their feet and start to recover post-pandemic.
“We’re excited to be offering roles within Futures and look forward to welcoming our new team members to the Futures family.”
Futures applied for the Kickstart funding through the East Midlands Chamber.
The chamber is a gateway organisation for the Kickstart project, and applied on behalf of a range of businesses within the East Midlands for the funding.
East Midlands Chamber deputy chief executive Diane Beresford, who is overseeing the Kickstart scheme for the organisation, said: “We’re so proud to have played a key role in giving young people a chance they may not otherwise have had.
“After spending many months working with employers on their applications, it’s incredibly exciting and rewarding to see the fruits of our labour as people now start their jobs.”
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